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noun colour pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌlə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] red, blue, yellow etc
    Pink is my favourite colour.
    a light brown colour
    change colour: Many fruits change colour as they become ripe.
    in colour: His hair is reddish in colour.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the quality of being red, blue, yellow etc, instead of being black and white or transparent
      Pot plants add colour to a room.
      in colour: Are the pictures in colour or black and white?
    2. b.
      [countable] something such as clothing or paint that is a particular colour
      I prefer wearing dark colours.
      Mix the colours with your paintbrush.
    3. c.
      [countable/uncountable] the colour of someones skin as a sign of their race
      people of all creeds and colours
    4. d.
      [uncountable] the colour of someones face when it shows how they are feeling
      Suddenly, the colour drained from his cheeks.
      She giggled nervously as colour flooded her face.
    5. e.
      [countable/uncountable] a chemical that you put on your hair to make it change colour
      Before you spend money on a perm or colour, talk to your hairdresser.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] interest or excitement
    add/give/bring colour to something: The examples chosen add colour to the writing.
    See also local colour
  3. 3


    [plural] the combination of colours used for representing a particular country, team, political party etc
    He was wearing the colours of his favourite football team.
    national colours: Australia’s national colours
    1. a.
      a flag, badge etc used as a symbol of a particular country, team, political party etc
      He gained his school colours for rugby.


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